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HobNob Events Farmers Markets
General Information and
Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have a question after reading through the below, please contact us at events@hobnobevents.com.

General Information:

HobNob Events manages multiple Farmers Markets in Denver. We strive to support and enhance the surrounding communities by providing a Farmers Market experience where a great variety of fresh and wholesome products can be found.  We believe it is important to support our local community, therefore, all products must be grown, raised, produced or gathered by the vendor in the State of Colorado or in counties bordering the State of Colorado.  In the case that a product is unavailable in the state of Colorado but we feel it would be a benefit to the market and the vendors we will evaluate the relationship between the vendor and the producer and make the best decision we can noting that sometimes there are exceptions to the rule.

The 2016 application deadline is February 15th, notice of acceptance or denial will be relayed by March 15th.  Any applications received after February 15th will be evaluated after the first round of acceptances.

We are unable to accept items sent to us via certified, registered or signature required mail.  Online applications only, please.

The very best way to contact us is through email: events@hobnobevents.com.

Supporting Documents

Supporting Documents will be checked on the first day of each market, you do not need to upload them to this application. 

The following documents are required (please note, not all documents apply to all vendor types, check with the Denver Permitting department if you have any questions):

  • State Sales Tax License
  • City of Denver Sales Tax License
  • Temporary Retail Food License
  • Fire Permit 
  • Liability Insurance

All vendors are required to obtain general liability insurance. Please name the market(s) you are participating in as additionally insured. HobNob Events and the respective markets are not responsible for any loss or damage incurred or caused by vendors.

Please refer to the Market Policies and Procedures for more information. 

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What are the dates, hours and locations for the Farmers Markets?

South Pearl Street Farmers Market

1400 + 1500 blocks of South Pearl Street (between Iowa and Arkansas)
Sundays, May 15, 2016 – November 13, 2016
9am–1pm

The Farmers Market at Highland Square (32nd Avenue & Lowell)

32nd Avenue between Lowell and Newton Streets
Sundays, June 5, 2016 – October 16, 2016
9am-1pm

Highland United Neighbors (HUNI) Farmers Market

Information coming soon!

What are the seasonal fees for the Farmers Markets?

Each market charges a season fee, plus collects 10% of daily gross sales at the end of each market day. Electricity is available only at the South Pearl Street Farmers Market and on a limited basis, there is an additional fee if you need electricity.

South Pearl Street Farmers Market
  • 1400 + 1500 blocks of South Pearl Street (between Iowa and Arkansas) 
Sundays, May 15, 2016 – November 13, 2016
  • 9am–1pm
  • $195 full season, standard size (10x10) plus 10% of daily gross sales
  • $250 full season, oversized (space larger than 10x10) plus 10% of daily gross sales
  • $75 full season electrical fee*
  • $40 drop in fee plus 10% of daily gross sales
  • $10 Non Profit daily fee
  • OSPSA Merchant Members: no seasonal fee, but 10% of daily gross sales applies

*If you are a food truck requiring electricity there will be an additional fee, all power has been updated for 2016 in the food truck area!

The Farmers Market at Highland Square (32nd Avenue & Lowell)
  • 32nd Avenue between Lowell and Newton Streets
  • Sundays, June 5, 2016 – October 16, 2016
  • 9am-1pm
  • $125 full season, standard size (10x10) plus 10% of daily gross sales
  • $185 full season, oversized, plus 10% of daily gross sales
  • $25 drop in fee plus 10% of daily gross sales
Highland United Neighbors (HUNI) Farmers Market
  • Information coming soon!

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I'm interested in being a vendor at one of your Markets or Specialty Fair at the Market (Health Fest, Pet Fair, Flea Market, etc.).  What is the process?

All Market applications must be filled out online.  Specialty Fairs have their own applications that you can find here.

The application deadline for all of our Farmers Markets is February 15, 2016. Specialty Fairs have their own deadlines, see that specific application.

I am applying to two different Markets that take place on the same day (i.e. Sundays), but I only want to be accepted to one of them (I’m open as to which one I am accepted to).  How do I indicate this on the application? 

There is a question on the application that relates to this.  Please mark the appropriate choice.  If there is additional information on this topic you would like us to be aware of please include it in the “any other special requirements or comments” section.

If I have a 10x10 tent but need room on the sides of my booth for patrons to shop, am I considered oversized?

Yes, you are.  Please mark that request on the application. If space is available we will do our best to accommodate you.  If it is a necessity to your selling, you will be considered an oversized booth. 

I want to apply to be a vendor at one of your markets, but the deadline has passed, can I still apply? Do you have space available?

We accept Farmer Market applications year-round. After the February 15th deadline has passed, we look at applications on a monthly basis and accept new vendors based on space availability and need.

If the deadline has passed, we encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors to fill any space that may become available.

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How do you choose your Farmers Market vendors?

The selection process takes into consideration many factors including product quality, sourcing, growing practices, presentation, seniority, safety, compliance, grandfathered vendors, customer service and the right product mix to ensure a successful market for everyone.

How do I know if I am a good fit for your market?

First and foremost our Farmers Markets focus on providing fresh and wholesome local food and food related products.  We also strive to support the communities and surrounding brick and mortar businesses, by having vendors that complement their businesses, but do not directly compete. Please see below . .

Our Markets are producers’ markets, interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality, locally/directly sourced and produced foods and will not accept the following items at the markets:

  • Crafts outside of businesses on the street
  • Overly processed foods
  • Nationally distributed packaged foods
  • Businesses that operate under a franchise agreement
  • Food items not grown and/or processed by the vendor (there are a few exceptions to this)
  • Farmers, growers, ranchers and fishers may be asked to go through a phone interview or site visit before final acceptance
Hand Crafted Items/Jewelry

Crafted items and Jewelry are ONLY ALLOWED on a VERY limited basis and only at certain markets. Jewelry and Craft items are NOT ALLOWED at the South Pearl Street Market, there will be no exceptions.

Additional Vendor Categories accepted:
  • Flowers and Plants
  • Pets
  • Bath and Body
  • Green Vendor

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Farmers:

Farm products that can be sold at the market include vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, plants, honey, seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

Ready to Eat Food, Beverages and Drinks:

All prepared food vendors must show appropriate Health Department certification to the Market Manager. These permits must be displayed in public view during Market hours. All prepared food processor equipment/trailers must comply with Denver County Health Department regulations.

Baked Goods and Other food items:

Our markets accept certain value added items which are grown and/or made by the vendor such as baked goods, preserves, cheese, sausage, and smoked meats. All processed foods must be appropriately labeled with product name, ingredients, net weight, price, vendor’s name and address. We encourage sampling of your products to our patrons.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Law: Passed in 2012 allows for the manufacture and sale of some baked goods without any licensing or regulatory requirements.  See this link for more information under the “Guidance on Colorado Cottage Foods Bill” heading:

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-DEHS/CBON/1251586894464

Operating under this law will have a number of requirements that must be adhered to, including education requirements and a cap on the amount of revenue generated.  Also these foods can only be sold retail—not wholesale.  In order to operate under this law at a temporary event, a vendor must have all their food prepackaged (no open food handling at the event) and labeled according to the requirements in the law (see the link for more info). 

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Obtaining a temporary retail food license

To obtain a temporary retail food license, you must:

  1. Complete an Affidavit of Commissary. A commissary kitchen is a licensed, inspected commercial kitchen that is used for food and equipment storage, food preparation, and ware-washing. The affidavit of commissary must be completed by you in conjunction with the commissary operator. If your commissary kitchen is outside the City and County of Denver, the establishment must be currently licensed with the proper regulatory agency.
  2. Complete the Temporary Restaurant Acknowledgement Letter. This letter specifies requirements pertaining to the operation of your temporary restaurant. Please be aware that in addition to the requirements outlined in the acknowledgement letter, the temporary restaurant shall operate within the rules and regulations of the City and County of Denver Food Establishment Regulations.
  3. Submit the completed forms to the Denver Department of Environmental Health, Public Health Inspection at 200 W. 14th Ave, Suite 200 via fax at 720-865-5532 or via email at phicomments@denvergov.org. After review of both documents, an approved Affidavit of Commissary and a copy of the acknowledgement letter will be returned to the operator. A copy of both documents will be kept on file at the Denver Department of Environmental Health.
  4. Submit the approved Affidavit of Commissary to the Denver Department of Excise & Licenses, located on the 2nd floor at the Wellington Webb Building at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, to obtain a Temporary Restaurant License.

For more information on temporary restaurant licenses please visit: www.denvergov.org/phi

Denver Tax Rate:

The Denver Tax Rate is 3.65%

I do not sell a product. Can I set up a booth at your market?

Our markets focus on food and food related items. Informational vendors are not accepted into any of the markets.   Exceptions may be made (determined on a case by case basis) for members of the merchants association, surrounding businesses, or market sponsors.

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Can I come to your markets and pass out flyers to promote my new business/non-profit organization/charity event?

We wish to provide market customers with a relaxing and enjoyable experience where they can stroll through the market and interact with the market vendors. NO solicitors or distribution/marketing of non-approved products are allowed at our markets. This includes signature gathering for petitions and voter sign-up.

I’ve seen booths set up at your markets for items that are not on your vendor list or you’ve said you don’t allow in the market. Can you explain?

In order to support the community, the merchants on the street and the Merchant/Neighborhood Associations, we allow brick and mortar stores on the market streets to set up booths and sell their goods at the market. Therefore, you may see a few items that are not on our list.  We also have a handful of  wonderful “grandfathered” vendors that have been at the Market longer than HobNob has been managing it! 

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Do you close your markets during inclement weather?

Our markets are open rain, snow or shine and all holidays. We will only cancel during EXTREME weather conditions. We ask that you check your email for weather updates.

I have been accepted to be a vendor at two of your markets. Can I get a discount on the fees?

Vendor fees do not go to HobNob, they go to the neighborhood association or sponsoring organization, therefore we cannot offer any discounts for participation in multiple markets or events. A neighborhood association owns each market that we operate and the role of HobNob Events is to support and coordinate the markets to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.  The mission of the market is to raise money for each individual neighborhood association so that they can utilize funds for local improvement projects.

I do not have any photos of my booth to upload for the application, what should I do?

Take some nice photos of your product(s).

A Note on Festivals:

Festivals all have their own application and deadlines. Please check the HobNob website for both.

If the deadline for a Festival has passed, we encourage you to still apply as there are times when an accepted vendor must drop out (sometimes at the last minute) and we will then reach out to our wait list or newly applied vendors.

 

If you would like to have HobNob Events help with your event please contact Nicole via Email at Nicole@HobNobEvents.com or by phone at 303.734.0718.

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